The modern-day era of social media has brought with it a set of expectations regarding what you use to communicate, how often you use it, and where you’re able to use it.
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Business-oriented people, like everyone else around the world, have signed up for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ accounts to reach farther outside of their sphere. Connecting these accounts and maximizing their networking efficiency is important to maintaining the relationships they help grow.
Here are 5 apps that will help you manage your social network from anywhere:
If quantity is what you’re looking for, this is the app to download. Alternion lets users manage more social media and online accounts than any other dashboard available. It also places an emphasis on user privacy, which sharing options available for each linked account.
Alternion offers users three main viewing options: contacts (self-explanatory), messages (various email accounts), and social news feed (updates from your social networks). If a clean-cut design suits you, and you want to manage a variety of social accounts from one place, this app is definitely worth a try.
Unlike Alternion, LiveGO focuses on fewer social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. It also incorporates email and instant messaging accounts such as Gmail’s GTalk and AOL Instant Messenger. Although this dashboard is relatively smaller, it’s still easy to update any of your social networks or collect a mass quantity of updates from a single source.
If keeping on top of a few main social media and email accounts is your priority, then this is the app for you. Its smooth design and simplicity will keep you in touch and connected with your contacts and network in different ways.
HootSuite is among the leading social media dashboard managers in the industry. Not only does it manage and measure your social networks, it also schedules messages and tweets, tracks brand mentions, and analyzes social media traffic.
If you’re looking for a popular and proven app, try one of HooteSuite’s three sign-up options.
Prior to the popularity of HootSuite, CoTweet was the social media management app of choice (especially for corporate profiles and small businesses). Like the other apps mentioned, you can track and analyze all conversations across both Facebook and Twitter social platforms, whether you’re at home on your desktop or on a mobile device like the HTC One.
If you want more of a monitoring dashboard instead of an integrated updating tool, Netvibes is the app for you. With the ability to add several social networking accounts including Facebook and Twitter, as well as various email accounts, it offers a great overview of your networks.
From brand monitoring, which includes tracking clients, customers, and competitors across of your social media accounts, to managing your e-reputation, Netvibes does it all. Whether you’re part of an agency, enterprise, or just a consumer, this app will help you integrate your RSS feeds and social media accounts while offering an unlimited amount of tools and services to manage them.
Managing a multitude of social media accounts is a daunting task, especially if you’re not tech-savvy. Using a social media management dashboard can help ease the stress of making sure your networks and relationships are evolving in a positive way.
Teddy Hunt is a freelance content writer with a focus on technology. When not behind a computer, Teddy spends the majority of his free time outdoors and resides in Tampa, Florida.
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